Role Of Language In Language

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Language can be seen and heard; it can be diverse or standard. With this in mind, discuss the different roles that language can have in a child’s life.


Language has many different functions. It is a conventional and symbolic system connected to communication between people (Lyons, 1981). It can be seen in written language, body language, sign language, symbols, signs and traffic lights. Aboriginal cultures have used symbols for communication by carving pictures in rocks, giving insight on what life was like many years ago. Language can be heard through oral form. The different grammar, words and vocab used (dialect) can attach people to different identity and culture groups. An ‘accent’, the way a person or group pronounces words
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It is a set of rules in our minds or brain that tells us how to speak dramatically (Duranti, 1977) The basic principles of communication are verbal, body language, hand gestures, sign language, written language, pictures, signs and symbols. Using many different means of communication, builds a deeper knowledge and influences how the world is perceived by people.

Language creates our identity.

Language is used to empower. Confidence and courage is gained when using language in the right discourse, this reinforces the recipients understanding of the subject. Being literate portrays a well educated person when applying for a job. A job interview process requires a confident and literate applicant. This represents an empowered educated person. The register of language in this situation would be formal.

Language is contextual; it is heavily influenced by culture and social environment. Different cultures and social groups understand each other because they talk in a particular way that relates to his or her discourse. A familiar accent and dialect that relates to his or her culture or social
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Children learn by imitating what is being said and done in their environment. From 12 months to 3 years, children’s muscles and organs that enable speech are developed. At the age of 3 there is an increase of blood flow to the left hemisphere of the brain. This results in an increase of speech and language development. Combining this development with cognitive growth, a child’s learning dramatically increases. However, language development can be stunted by traumatic events that happen in the first three years of a child’s life. Children thrive and learn in a safe, loving and nurturing

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